Etihad Airways and Saudia have expanded on their codeshare agreement just a year after debuting their partnership.
The new agreement will see the pair work on 12 new codeshare routes to destinations in Asia and Europe.
Since signing their agreement in October, 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina.
Saudia has also added its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 10 more destinations – Ahmedabad, Belgrade, Brisbane, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Lagos, Melbourne, Rabat, Seychelles and Sydney – while Etihad has placed its ‘EY’ code on Saudia flights to Peshawar, Multan, Port Sudan and Vienna.
Under the new deal, Saudia will progressively add its code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 12 more destinations in 10 countries – Amsterdam, Baku, Brussels, Dublin, Moscow-Domodedovo, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Phuket, Nagoya, Tokyo and Seoul, significantly extending Saudia’s reach.
Tony Douglas, Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Since announcing our partnership at this time last year, we have jointly achieved more than 53,500 passenger journeys, five times the 11,390 for the whole of 2018.
“The increased collaboration we have will deliver even more growth to both airlines, provide greater choice for our passengers and freight customers, and further strengthen the ties between our nations.”
Saudi Arabian Airlines director, general eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, said: “Network growth and increased access to destinations provides our guests with greater flexibility and convenience. We are pleased to further enhance our collaboration with Etihad Airways and continue to support the growth in services and routes.”